Township presents no tax-increase budget

PENNSDALE — No tax increase was the word from the Muncy Township Board of Supervisors at their meeting Wednesday night when the board approved for advertising their 2018 budget. The millage for township property owners will remain at 2 mills.

The budget reflects an expected income, primarily from taxes, of $802,125 and expenditures totaling $799,201. This leaves a net income for the township of $2,924.

Board Chairman Tom Schaech called it a “bare-bones budget.”

In other actions, the board approved an amendment to the township’s box card ordinance. Box cards are used to determine the order in which fire services are dispatched.

Schaech told the residents at the meeting the change to the ordinance was necessary in order to protect the assets of the township. He said it is important that the closest fire company by mileage is called to an event in order to prevent any type of litigation that could possibly be brought against the fire department and ultimately the township.

The board also approved the auditor’s fee for the 2017 audit to be conducted by Richard Lowe, CPA. The fee is expected to be $3,500 to $4,000, depending on the amount of time needed to complete it.

In an update on the subdivision of the property on Pond Road, the board said the process should be completed by the end of this week. Under the subdivision, the township will assume ownership of the Township Building and the fire department will keep the house and barn located next to it.

Ashler Manor was denied a request for non-profit status by the county. The board said this decision could be appealed to the Court of Common Pleas.

The next board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Township Building, 1922 Pond Road.